US Energy Consumption Sources Evolve

Wood supplied most of the energy needs of the United States until the middle of the 19th century, when it was supplanted by coal, petroleum and natural gas.

Now, the nation’s use of renewable energy sources like biofuels, solar and wind is increasing, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Last year, about 10 percent of total U.S. energy consumption was from renewable energy sources.

“The consumption of biofuels and other nonhydroelectric renewable energy sources more than doubled from 2000 to 2016, mainly because of state and federal government mandates and incentives for renewable energy,” the EIA said.